Hollywood beckons but Bipasha says no

Actress Bipasha Basu attends the Qatar Masters Golf tournament in Doha January 26, 2008. REUTERS/Fadi Al-Assaad/Files

MUMBAI (Reuters) - Hollywood may be knocking at her door but actress Bipasha Basu is not too keen to try her luck in the West.

The model-turned-actress, who has been reportedly offered Sir Ben Kingsley’s film on the Taj Mahal, said moving to Hollywood would mean starting her career anew.

“I have worked very hard to build my name here and I’m happy with the kind of work that I’m doing,” Basu told Reuters at an event held in Mumbai. “In Hollywood, I have to start from scratch.”

“Here people know my talent and have accepted me but I have to prove myself in the West and they have to accept me too.”

Basu, 29, has signed art house movies like “Pankh” and is also a part of Rituparno Ghosh’s Bengali film “Sob Choritro Kalponik” in which she trades in her glitzy outfits for saris.

Media reports suggest she has also signed Ghosh’s next project “Draupadi”, based on a character from the Indian epic ‘Mahabharata’.

“I want to balance my work now by doing both art house films and commercial movies,” she said. “As an actor it is good to be versatile and showcase your talent.”